Fast Track

By Hannah Wallace November 30, 2009


Jim Ingram, personal insurance producer, Boyd Insurance and Investments.

Katy Yoder

Timothy Doyle

Laura Dorsey

Joseph Adamchak

Bradley D. Robbins

Peg McKay Pluto

Irene Henderson

Joyce K. Berk

William Whitelock

Lindsey Schuster

Jennifer Davis

Phil Chmieleski

Gretchen Walker

Garrett Shinn

Corey J. Aiscowitz

Heather Ripley

Falyn Ernst

Candice McElyea


Turner Tree Farms and Turner Tree and Landscape

Manatee County-based has received the Florida Governor’s Business Diversification Award for Export Excellence.

Charles G. Brown

The National Associations of Counties has named Shannon Staub chair of the Green Government Advisory Board and the vice chair of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce president Bob Bartz has received the Suncoast Workforce Development Leadership Award.

Gov. Charlie Crist has reappointed Nick Gladding to a second term on the Florida Energy and Climate Commission.

OpenTable has named Chart House Restaurant one of the nation’s top 50 restaurants with the most scenic view.

Osprey Biotechnics, Willis A. Smith Construction, Crane Environmental

The Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau announce these new board members: Richard Bradshaw, chair; Dave Pierce, past chair; Mark Becker, vice chair; and Susan Danis, secretary/treasurer.

Mote Aquarium vice president Dan Bedak has been appointed to the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council.

Mike Elfers

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County announces these new officers: C.J. Fishman, chair; Margaret Callihan, immediate past chair; David Sessions, vice chair; Anne Merrill, Partners Council vice chair; Laura Spencer, secretary; and Allan Barberio, treasurer.

Vanessa Baugh

Dr. Hernando (Herman) Weber

North Port Area Chamber of Commerce has awarded North Port Taekwondo, ROI Media, Fisherman’s Village Resort and Vision North Port its 2009 Business of the Year Awards.


The Wellness Community of Southwest Florida has awarded Richard (Dick) Gravino and Dr. Scott A. Tetreault the 2009 Stephen H. Goldman, M.D. Keystone Award.

The Concession Golf Club

Dr. David S. Zamikoff

The Sandbar Restaurant

Manatee Community Foundation announces these new officers: R. Chris Jones, president; W. Stuart Gregory, vice president; Dale Hoffner, treasurer, Alexander (Sandy) Kirkpatrick, secretary; Sara Baden, past president; and new board members Dave Bassett, Kimberly Hopper and Sarah M. Peel.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed John Cranor to its board of directors.

Michele B. Grimes

Richard R. Gans

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare


First America Bank and Manatee River Community Bank have received approval to merge under the First America Bank name.

Nancy Stephens has opened Paper Panache at 3202 Cortez Road in Bradenton.

Tina Little, owner of Queens’ Wreath Jewels, has opened a boutique jewelry store at The Met on St. Armands Circle.

The Law Offices of Paul A. Blucher, P.A. has changed its name to Blucher Law Group, LLC.


Beef ‘O’ Brady’s


Salon Central

Tarpon Coast Realty

Coconuts Family Entertainment Center

Be Creative Communications

Pei Wei Asian Diner

The Danish Bakehouse Bakery & Cafe

Wholesale Landscape Supply

Awesome Orchids

Dr. Ken Kaufman

Michael Saunders & Company

Neal Communities has created a swimming pool division, Neal Signature Pools.

Michelle Wiggins has launched My Jeunesse, a skin care line to be sold online at

Jayne Colombaro has opened an interior residential painting company, Van Gogh Painter.

has established a consulting firm, Employee Wellness Solutions. has launched a new short sale division, with Cristy Carrington Lewis as lead account manager. has moved to 330 S. Pineapple Ave. in Sarasota.has changed its name to Big Earth Landscape Supply. has opened at 2110 Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota. has opened at 8511 Cooper Creek Blvd. in Sarasota. has moved to 2390 Pine Terrace in Sarasota. has opened at 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 105, in Sarasota. has opened at 536 S. Orange Ave. in Sarasota. has opened a new location at 902 Manatee Ave. E. in Bradenton.has moved its offices to 5313 Paylor Lane in Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park. Family Sports Pub has opened at 8383 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. has moved to 2074 Constitution Blvd. in Sarasota.has been awarded a $155,761 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice to establish and maintain electronic health records. of the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi has joined the board of directors of Pines of Sarasota Foundation. has joined the board of directors of the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota; and David A. Wallace has been included in Super Lawyers-Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009. Both are with the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen.has been named one of the top five beach restaurants by international travel Web site Natural Healing Arts Medical Center has been accepted as a general member of the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals. has been named to Golf magazine’s 2009 Top 100 course list. was named agency of record by Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands.has been elected president, and Dr. Ashok Sastry has been elected to the Board of Directors, of the Florida Society of Nephrology.of Vanessa Fine Jewelry has been appointed to the business advisory board regarding the study of Incorporating Lakewood Ranch. received the 2009 Engineer of the Year award from the Suncoast branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. and Biological Tree Services were honored by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County as winners of the 2009 Hall of Fame Awards. The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Michael Saunders were also honored as Community Partner of the Year and Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, respectively., Insignia bank’s chairman and CEO, has been appointed to the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. was named 2009 Grower of the Year by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and won three landscape awards at FNGLA’s recent annual convention., public relations and promotions manager, Lakewood Ranch Communities. , promoted to senior art director, and Brittany Heiring White, client services coordinator, Baskerville Advertising. , public relations account manager, CAP Brand Marketing., general manager, Longwood Athletic Club., staff accountant, Shinn & Company., director of sales and marketing, Hotel Indigo-Sarasota., vice president of business development, Anexio., physician assistant, Cary L. Dunn, M.D. , promoted to tax senior, CS&L CPAs., building official, City of Bradenton division of buildings and inspections. , administrator, Help at Home Homecare. , administrative director of volunteer and professional services, Tidewell Hospice. , director of sales and marketing; and Maria Keenan, sales and catering manager, Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport. , chief operating officer; and Elizabeth A. Faist and F. Gant McCloud, attorneys, law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen., resident director, Bradenton office, Merrill Lynch., residential lending executive, Insignia Bank., project manager and sales, Key Glass. and Jeff Hokamp, executive recruiters, Brooke Chase Associates.

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